AUBG Alumni Talks: Elvin Guri (’96) Talks Life after Graduation, Lessons from History and Giving Back

AUBG's largest alum donor, Albanian-born Elvin Guri (’96) has donated $1,100,000 to the university and has provided more than 250 students with scholarships. His contribution, however, goes beyond monetary support -- Guri has been actively involved with the university as a Board member for many years. We reached out to him to learn more about his perspective on the importance of alumni engagement, why he stayed in Bulgaria and his advice for recent grads.

An Oxford Said Business School EMBA graduate and CEO of € 21 million fund Empower Capital Fund, Guri studied Economics and History at AUBG. Upon graduation, he spent six years working as an associate banker in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London and then co-founded JetFinance International, the largest independent consumer finance lender in SEE. JetFinance, a multi-million dollar business, was acquired by BNP Paribas Personal Finance in July 2007.

Guri holds the Distinguished AUBG Alumni Award for Social Innovation and Change which was established by HRH Princess Maria Louisa to recognize the AUBG alumni who have contributed to their community and to the advancement of society while developing themselves personally and professionally. During the Donor Recognition Dinner 2020, the alumnus received the Dimi and Yvonne Panitza Visionary Award.